Biodegradation of Alkylbenzene Sulfonate in a Simulated Septic Tank and Drain Field

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Science  11 Oct 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3589, pp. 244-245
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3589.244


A straight-chain alkylben-zene sulfonate was 90 to 95 percent biologically degraded in a laboratory bench-scale septic tank and drain field. Under the same conditions, only about 35 percent of a highly branched alkylbenzene sulfonate was degraded.